Over the past two years, from the office window from where
this project was conceived, an empty space with people passing
through unconnected has been the view. People seemed
hypnotized with productivity -- efficient, moving fast,
Birdseye view photographs have been used by sociologists as a
way to take a macro look at peoples social patterns. To
document pattern changes in the social public space near and
around the AgoraPhone sculpture, a camera was set up a taking
low resolution (to retain anonymity of the people) photographs
from the point of view of the office window above mentioned.
This camera captured still frames every few seconds for
periods of time before, during, and after AgoraPhones
installation and reception.
The pictures shown here were taken during the second week
of the installation.
There occurred two distinct changes in the space. Firstly,
as expected, people who have never spoken with each other
gather at the sculpture in conversation groups. The second
major change in the physical public social space also occurs
quite frequently - groups of people hang out nearby and call
from cell phones while watching people at the sculpture.